Former president, Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, on Friday played host to his predecessor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was in their home for a private dinner.
Earlier before the visit, Obasanjo inaugurated a government specialist hospital in the state and unveiled the Bayelsa Heliport which was renamed after the first military administrator of the defunct Rivers State, Alfred Diete-Spiff.
Upon his arrival in Bayelsa, the former president was received by the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in company with some top government functionaries in the state. He arrived in the state in a white agbada, after which he was dressed in a blue traditional attire of the people in the Niger Delta region.
The elder statesman, who was in Bayelsa, to commission some projects to mark Governor Seriake Dickson’s six years in office, lauded the governor for embarking on projects that would improve the overall development of the state and the people.
Obasanjo gave the commendation while inaugurating newly built Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre. He said the centre was built according to international standard and would assist in improving health care delivery to the people.
The ex-president said, “20 years ago when I came to Bayelsa for campaign, there was no space to gather people, but today, there is great difference.
“Yes, for full development to take place in Bayelsa, there must be accessibility in terms of transportation, communication and health care delivery.
“I must tell you, for six hours I am here, I have seen something to convince me that Bayelsa is already in transformation stage.
“The health facility here is second to none,” the former president said.
Obasanjo also advised students of Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, Bayelsa, to take advantage of education, and make themselves leaders of tomorrow.
He gave the advice during an interactive session with the students in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa, on Friday.
During the interactive session, the former president said that after food and health, the next was education.
Obasanjo, said a leader without vision would not go anywhere, because that is vision that drives a good leader.
“The foundation of any human mind is education. A leader who does not give his people quality education, will perish with his people.
“The root cause of militancy is lack of education, if you don’t build schools, that means you have to prepare for unstable society.
“The only investment that lasts and that does not need repair is education.
“My childhood was very rough, I never had the opportunity most of you have now, as students of Ijaw National Academy,’’ he said.
Speaking earlier, Governor Dickson said the diagnostic centre was part of his promises to the people of Bayelsa.
He reiterated his administration’s readiness to continue to work to uplift the healthcare delivery in the state.
Dickson said the uncompleted 500-bed hospital initiated by the previous administration would be given a face lift in the next fiscal year.
“We will complete the project before the end of my tenure,’’ he assured the people.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitulah Etebu, said the centre was capable of taking care of the diagnostic needs of people in the state.
He added that “the diagnostic centre would handle screening of blood, radiology and the result transmitted electronically to international partners in America.”